April 15, 2008
Trojans remain perfect
Rich Barnes/contributing photographer
Homer Central slugger Stephanie Hartquist leans away from inside pitch during Monday’s 8-1 win over Mexico. Hartquist had a triple as part of a nine-hit Trojan offense.
McKenna Riley belted two home runs as Homer Central rolled on to its fifth straight softball win on Monday.
Riley went 2-for-3 with three RBI as the Trojans posted an 8-1 OHSL Freedom Division victory over visiting Mexico at the Homer Elementary school diamond.
Homer is now 5-0 in division and overall play while Mexico suffered its first loss in four outings.
“It was a solid win,” said Homer coach Cris Colasurdo. “It took a couple of innings to adjust to the pitcher. McKenna’s (first) home run was the spark for us.”
With Mexico pitcher Rachel Berdoliva and Trojan hurler Halee Riley tossing goose eggs for the first two innings, Homer looked for an opening.
Ironically, the Tigers missed a great opportunity to score in the top of the third when a Homer’s heads-up defense kept the visitors off the board.
Mexico’s Sam Race (2-for-3) tripled only to be thrown out at the plate on the very next play when Stephanie Hartquist fielded a groundball at third base and faked a throw to first base. When Race took the bait and dashed home, Hartquist fired the ball to catcher Gabby Luety who applied the tag.
The next two Tiger batters reached second and third base. Pitcher Halee Riley came up with the second out by fielding a groundball, holding the runners in place and throwing the batter out at first. Trojan second baseman Danielle Swarm then ended the inning with a running catch off a little blooper between second base and the pitching rubber.
The Trojans found their opening quickly in the bottom of the third inning. McKenna Riley (2-for-3) hit a solo roundtripper to lead off the Trojans’ at-bat. Courtney Rainbow walked and, with one out, Hartquist (2-for-3) walked. With two outs, Jessica Rigg belted a triple to give the hosts a 3-0 lead.
The Trojans tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the fourth to build a 7-0 cushion. With one out, Halee Riley legged out a triple and McKenna Riley followed with her second home run of the game to drive in her sister and herself.
After the second out of the inning, Luety (2-for-4, two doubles) reached first via an error. Hartquist tripled and proceeded to score when the relay throw from the outfield was bobbled.
Mexico got its lone run in the top of the fifth when Race ripped a home run to lead off the Tiger half of the fifth inning.
Homer plated one more run in the bottom of the sixth inning for the 8-1 final score and finished the game with nine hits.
Halee Riley pitched the first four innings before giving way to Ashley Brown in the fifth. They combined on a solid three-hitter.
Homer will enjoy a break before returning to Freedom Division action April 23 by hosting Phoenix behind the Elementary School. The Trojans will head to Herkimer to compete at the Mudville Fields Tournament April 26 in a rescheduled two-game event from last Saturday.
Homer JVs were also in action against Mexico, no details reported.
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